Information about the Coronavirus

Latest information about COVID-19:

News Title Date Link
UNHCR AND WFP REQUEST REFUGEES TO ABIDE TO GOVERNMENT INSTRUCTIONS 08-April-2020 Read more
OFFICIAL DECISIONS TO CONFRONT COVID-19 06-April-2020 Read more
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S NEW HOTLINE 02-April-2020 Read more
IMPORTANT UPDATES FOR REFUGEES ON CORONAVIRUS 22-March-2020 Read more
AWARENESS VIDEOS ON CORONAVIRUS FROM THE COMMUNITIES 20-March-2020 Read more
UNHCR IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING ACTIVITIES IN THE RECEPTION CENTRES 15-March-2020 Read more
RESTRICTIONS TO ENTER AND OR EXIT LEBANON DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS 15-March-2020 Read more
Q&A ON CORONAVIRUSES (COVID-19) 12-March-2020 Read more

Who should you contact ?

MoPH: If you have symptoms (fever, cough, nasal cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) within 14 days of coming from an area where new cases have been registered, please call 01-594459.
Lebanese Red Cross: 140 - 24 hours 7/7 days
NEXtCARE Lebanon: 01504020 – 24 hours 7/7 days

UNHCR Hotlines:
Beirut/Mount Lebanon: 01-820848 (Monday to Friday 7:00 - 17:00)
Bekaa: 76611811, 81477248, 81477249, 81477250, 81477251, 81477252 (Monday to Friday 8:30 - 16:00)
North: 06-205003 (Monday to Friday 8:00 - 16:00)
South: 76-500370, 76500380, 76421637, 76421562 (Monday to Friday 8:30am-4pm)
Lebanon: 01-594250 (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm)

Watch the below videos for information and awareness about the Coronavirus:

Q&A

Q1: What is a coronavirus?
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Coronaviruses are viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections.

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Q2: What is COVID-19?
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COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Q3: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, breathing difficulties and/or dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

Q4: How does COVID-19 spread?
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People can catch COVID-19 from other persons who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe-in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter away from a person who is sick.

Studies suggest that the virus causing COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.

The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

The risk of catching COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be low. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. Because this is a risk, however, it is another reason to clean hands regularly, after using the bathroom and before eating.

Q5: What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
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Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following or see chart in Q13:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or, if you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

You can also see these videos from UNICEF for clarifications on effective ways to wash your hands:

https://www.refugees-lebanon.org/en/news/275/infor...

  • Maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why?
    When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately in the garbage bin.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
Q6: How likely am I to catch COVID-19?
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The risk of infection is higher in areas where a number people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The outbreak started in China, but since February 2020, there have been an increase of cases reported from many other countries all over the world. If you have the symptoms described above and have recently (within 14 days) travelled to area country where there are many COVID -19 cases reported, or if you have been in contact with someone who has recently travelled to such an area or is confirmed having COVID -19, you might have COVID -19 and should call 76-592699 for information on what to do.

The countries currently reported with high cases of COVID-19 are: France, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Italy, Iran, China (Hong Kong, Macao, Chinese Taiwan) and South Korea.

Q7: Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating COVID-19?
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No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections, while COVID-19 is caused by a virus. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

Q8: Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
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Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.

Q9: Should I wear a mask?
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The WHO recommends the use of masks only for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and for those caring for individuals who have symptoms.

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently wash your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue (and immediately throw the used tissue in a dustbin) and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from people who are coughing or sneezing.

For more information on protective measures against COVID-19, please consult:

MoPH: https://www.moph.gov.lb/

WHO: https://www.who.int/ar/home

UNHCR: www.refugees-lebanon.org

You can also see these videos from UNICEF for clarifications on effective ways to wash your hands:

https://www.refugees-lebanon.org/en/news/275/infor...

Q10: How long is the ‘incubation period’ for COVID-19?
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The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.


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Covid-19 General Guidance
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Lebanese Host Communities, Non-Registered Syrians, All Refugees & Asylum Seekers (including PRS)
by UNHCR   UNHCR
Guide on prevention from the Coronavirus
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Lebanese Host Communities, All Refugees & Asylum Seekers (including PRS)
by UNHCR   UNHCR
How to protect yourself and others from infection - Preventive Measures
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Palestine Refugees from Syria (PRS), All Refugees & Asylum Seekers (including PRS)
by UNHCR   UNHCR
How to protect yourself and others from infection - The good practices
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Lebanese Host Communities, All Refugees & Asylum Seekers (including PRS)
by UNHCR   UNHCR
Guidance on Coronavirus
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All Refugees & Asylum Seekers (including PRS)
by UNHCR   UNHCR
Q&A on Corona Viruses (COVID-19)
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Lebanese Host Communities, Non-Registered Syrians, Registered Syrian Refugees, All Refugees & Asylum Seekers (including PRS)
by UNHCR   UNHCR